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February 20, 2024

NEW CHARLOTTE MUSEUM EXHIBIT HONORS NC-BORN FOUNDER OF NATION’S FIRST BLACK OPERA COMPANY

“Open Wide the Door” is the first museum exhibit about Mary Cardwell Dawson and her Groundbreaking National Negro Opera Company

Next month the Charlotte Museum of History will unveil the first-ever museum exhibit about Mary Cardwell Dawson, a North Carolina native who founded the nation’s first commercially successful Black opera company in 1941.

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January 31, 2024

FESTIVAL CELEBRATES AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE

Seventh African American Heritage Festival focuses on education and community

Get free admission to the Charlotte Museum of History and celebrate Charlotte’s Black history and culture on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the seventh African American Heritage Festival, hosted by the history museum. This year’s festival also includes a documentary film screening on Thursday night and a Caribbean Carnival event Friday night.

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January 10, 2024

HISTORY MUSEUM HOSTS CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT FEATURING NORTH CAROLINA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA ON JAN. 25

Concert is first in a series of 2024 events to honor the 250th anniversary of Charlotte’s oldest home, the 1774 Rock House

As part of the evening, special guest Patricia Ann Neely will discuss the often-overlooked works of people of color during the Baroque period, including violin virtuoso, conductor and composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint Georges. Neely is a music historian and the first person of color to become a professional on the viola de gamba.

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September 14, 2023

New Museum Exhibit Celebrating Charlotte Hornets' 35th Anniversary Set To Open Oct. 10

The "Hive at 35" will feature Hornets artifacts and memorabilia, dating back to the team's inaugural season as an expansion team in 1988-89.

Presented by Lowe’s, the exhibit will include interactive spaces, a timeline of Carolinas professional basketball history and a variety of artifacts. The “Hive at 35” exhibit officially opens on Tuesday, Oct. 10, and will be included as part of regular museum admission. All Hornets season ticket holders will receive a single-day pass for free museum admission to see the exhibit.

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September 8, 2023

Community Project Saves Historic Black School, Moves Building to New Home on Museum Campus in Charlotte

1920s-era Siloam School Will Become a Center for History Education

After raising $1.2 million, today a community project moved the historic Siloam School from northeast Charlotte to the eight-acre campus of the Charlotte Museum of History, where it will become a center for history education. A local Black community in northeast Charlotte built the school in the early 1920s to give their children a quality education despite segregation.

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August 15, 2023

Charlotte’s only midcentury modern home tour returns for 12th year

New this year, the Mad About Modern home tour includes a VIP ticket option and antique car show.

Charlotte’s Mad About Modern home tour returns for its 12th year on Saturday, Sept. 30. Tickets include access to a special kickoff event on Sept. 28 at the Charlotte Museum of History, which presents the tour. For the first time, this year’s tour also offers a VIP ticket option that includes guided home tours via private shuttle bus.

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July 11, 2023

Free Film Screening of Documentary About the Early Chinese Experience in the Segregated South

Join the Charlotte Museum of History on July 27th for a screening of "Far East Deep South".

The screening event of “Far East Deep South: Discover the Past You Never Knew” is free and includes light food and refreshments. There will be an audience Q&A after the screening with the film’s co-producer and subject, Baldwin Chiu, and its director and co- producer, Larissa Lam. More information on the film is at fareastdeepsouth.com.

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June 7, 2023

History Museum Welcomes New U.S. Citizens On Independence Day

The Charlotte Museum of History will once again celebrate Independence Day with a Naturalization Ceremony for new U.S. citizens on the Fourth of July.

The ceremony takes place on July 4 at 11 a.m. and is free and open to the public. The event will include music, a brief keynote address and opportunities to register to vote. The ceremony will conclude with a ringing of the museum’s American Freedom Bell, modeled on the Liberty Bell and one of the largest ground-level bells in the world.

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May 15, 2023

New "Journey of Hope" Exhibit Features History and Cultures of Charlotte's Diverse AAPI Community

The exhibit includes folk art, artifacts, photos of local Asian landmarks, and a brief history of Asian immigration to Charlotte and the U.S.

A new community-curated exhibit at the Charlotte Museum of History celebrates Charlotte’s diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and features artifacts from 23 AAPI cultures in Charlotte. The museum will host an opening reception for the exhibit on Thursday, May 18, from 6-8 p.m.

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May 12, 2023

New Museum Exhibit Will Celebrate 35th Anniversary of the Charlotte Hornets

The exhibit will include interactive spaces, a timeline of Carolinas basketball history and plenty of artifacts

The Charlotte Hornets and the Charlotte Museum of History tonight announced that they are creating a new exhibit about the team’s history in honor of its 35th anniversary. The “Hive at 35” features Hornets artifacts and memorabilia, starting with the team’s inaugural opening night as an expansion team in 1988. The exhibit opens to the public on Oct. 10.

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April 18, 2023

History Museum honors preservation champions at Charlotte Gem Preservation Awards

Awards recognize projects that preserve and protect Charlotte’s architectural heritage; Museum to honor former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx with…

The Charlotte Museum of History will honor winners of its eighth Charlotte Gem Preservation Awards on Thursday, May 11, at the museum’s premier fundraising event. Presented by Diamond Sponsor Bank of America, the awards recognize outstanding preservation projects in the Charlotte region and are designed to encourage preservation of the areas historic buildings and streetscapes.

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April 3, 2023

New Museum Exhibit Shares Charlotte's History Through Cartoons

“Captured in Cartoons” features work of Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Kevin Siers and others

A new exhibit at the Charlotte Museum of History explores Charlotte’s history through decades of political cartoons. Opening April 15, the exhibit features original works from Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Siers, the long-time editorial cartoonist at The Charlotte Observer, plus cartoons from other notable artists.

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March 22, 2023

Family Days at History Museum to Bring Bilingual Cultural Experiences to Kids and their Caregivers

Starting April 15, kids and their caregivers can join the Charlotte Museum of History and Criss Cross Mangosauce for a series of bilingual programs

Criss Cross Mangosauce explores Latin American culture, song, dance and storytelling. The 2023 Family Days series will offer five Saturday morning programs between April and December: April 15, June 17, August 19, October 21, and December 2.

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January 26, 2023

Free Festival Celebrates African American History and Culture

Sixth annual festival features HBCU college fair and interactive arts & history experiences

Get free admission to the Charlotte Museum of History and celebrate Charlotte’s Black history and culture on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the sixth annual African American Heritage Festival, hosted by the history museum.

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December 13, 2022

Enjoy "Spirits of the Season" at Museum's Twelfth Night Party

Cap off the holiday season with a Twelfth Night party at the Charlotte Museum of History on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 6-8:30 p.m.

This year's party features North Carolina's long history of distilling and brewing. Festivities include tastings from Great Wagon Road Distillery, Seven Jars Distillery and The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, plus themed tours of the historic 1774 Rock House and homesite, live music and a lecture about moonshine and bootlegging.

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November 1, 2022

Charlotte Project to Save Historic Black School Meets $1 Million Goal

$500,000 gift from The Gambrell Foundation brings total raised to $1.2 million, meaning historic Siloam School can now be moved and preserved

With a new gift of $500,000 from The Gambrell Foundation, the Charlotte Museum of History has raised $1.2 million to save the historic Siloam School, exceeding its original $1 million goal. A local Black community, centered on the Siloam Church in northeast Charlotte, built the school in the early 1920s to give their children a quality education despite segregation.

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October 24, 2022

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month at the Charlotte Museum of History

Join the Charlotte Museum of History for a series of public events to learn about the history of Native peoples in the Carolinas

Events include: Documentary Film Screening about Native American music (November 3), Guided Tour of Catawba Pottery Exhibit (November 12), Homeschool Day emphasizing Catawba Pottery and Storytelling (November 14), and a Virtual Artist Talk with Alex Osborn (November 22). Most events are free with regular admission.

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September 28, 2022

Meet The Curator of History Museum's Latest Exhibit About The Carolinas (Time Changed to 1 p.m.)

“A Delicious Country” exhibit compares today’s Carolinas to 300 years ago

Meet journalist and exhibit creator Scott Huler as you explore his “A Delicious Country” exhibit on Oct. 15 at the Charlotte Museum of History, or take a history hike with Huler and other local guides at Reedy Creek Park on Oct. 16. Both events are free.

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September 8, 2022

Charlotte’s Only Midcentury Modern Home Tour Returns

2022 Mad About Modern home tour offers in-person and virtual options

Charlotte’s Mad About Modern home tour returns for its 11th year on Saturday, Sept. 24, as a hybrid event, with homes available to view in-person and online. Tickets include access to a special kickoff event on Sept. 22 at The Charlotte Museum of History, which presents the tour.

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August 23, 2022

Charlotte's Only Midcentury Modern Home Tour Returns This Fall

2022 Mad About Modern home tour offers in-person and virtual options.

After two years of virtual-only tours, Charlotte's Mad About Modern home tour returns on Saturday, Sept. 24, as a hybrid event, with homes available to view both in-person and online.

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